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for new gun laws. susan candiotti with the speech, the backdrop of new york city, the mayor and involving a number of family members from the connecticut shooting. >> reporter: fredricka, it's always so hard to hear from the parents of those victims as well. what the vice president is trying to do, fredricka, is to get all the support he can especially from the public to try to fight for more as they put it common sense gun control legislation. so he's doing these speeches so that he can try to encourage the public to call their lawmakers in wherever they happen to live to try to get more support for this type of legislation. so he is calling for for example universal background checks which many people think exist but do not currently. he's asking for tighter restrictions on the size of the gun magazines and of course he and the president really pushing for a renewed ban on assault weapons. >> three months ago a deranged man walked into sandy hook elementary school with a weapon of war. that's what he walked in with, with a weapon of war. and that weapon of war has no place on measuring'
'll be joined by families from newtown, connecticut. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti is outside the event in new york. good morning, susan. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yes, you know, the chances of currently passing a strong gun control legislation appear pretty slim, probably, given what happened earlier this week. senator harry reid, you'll remember, announced that he was dropping the assault weapon ban from the current proposal, before the senate bill. now, senator dianne feinstein says she will introduce it as an amendment, adding that she won't lay down and play dead. so, carol, the gop continues to say, the better idea is to simply better enforce the laws that are already on the books. carol, the debate isn't ending anytime soon. >> doesn't appear to be. what role does the school shooting at newtown play here? >> reporter: well, as you indicated, of course, newtown parents, many of them, will be at this news conference today, standing aside new york's mayor bloomberg, and of course, vice president biden. they've been supporting the president's proposed legislation fo
cities that are hosting march madness dams. dayton, ohio is one of them. susan candiotti is in dayton. people are going to get there despite this nasty weather? >> reporter: well, look at it now. the forecasters have said all along we're only expecting one to three inches -- until the overnight hours. so we've been getting flurries off and on. that's it. you can see right now these guys are getting ready for the onslaught of all the cars that are about to be let out of the university of dayton where the second of two games is winding up. but take a look around. we could still see grass here. just little patches of snow from those flurries earlier today. still all these people have to make their way home. either to indiana or to philadelphia. what do they think about that? listen. what do you think it is going to be like when you wake up in the morning? >> i'll be tired. it doesn't matter to me. i'm retired. i don't care. i don't have to go anywhere. >> i have to go to work. so it will be cold but i don't mind it. >> so again, fred, they are talking about anywhere from five to eight in
at that. our susan candiotti is in dayton. >> reporter: it's been overcast all day, occasional flurries. now we're starting to get a bit of rain, but the temperatures have remained just above freezing, so that's why there's no accumulation yet. the forecasters are calling for 5 to 8 inches of snow, but mainly they say that's going to happen after midnight tonight. that's why the roads look clear now. that is going to change. in fact, they are talking about a really rough commute in the morning, possibly treacherous conditions between the freezing rain and the snow that is expected after midnight tonight. so difficult times ahead, but earlier this day we were talking to the people here in the dayton area, some of them attending some of the march madness games here at the university of dayton, and they didn't seem too concerned about the pending storm. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> awesome. i love it. wonderful time of year. >> reporter: doesn't matter about the snow? >> no. >> reporter: school tomorrow? what do you think? >> t-r-o-a. >> sadly to say, don, the worst is yet
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